Over 400 helpers involved
The Air New Zealand Queenstown international marathon wouldn’t happen without 420 volunteers, the event director says.
Nicole Fairweather said community groups, clubs and schools benefited from the volunteer programme. This year $18,000 was put back into the region and its community.
‘‘Our model is one of long term sustainability and to do that we have to return value to the local community. The benefits to the economy and local businesses are one thing with the thousands of people coming to town, but we must also look after those volunteers who make the event possible,’’ she said.
The partnerships with community groups helped with ‘‘people power’’.
One of the biggest partners within the Air New Zealand Queenstown International Marathon volunteer programme is Queenstown Rotary, with their donation from the event going towards upkeep of the vehicle for the Hospice Southland palliative care nurse.
Volunteers are still required.
Highlands owner Tony Quinn said he was looking forward to the motorsport event.